China to send 1,000 medics to West Africa

China to send 1,000 medics to West Africa

China says it plans to send around 1,000 medical workers and experts to West Africa to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak that has claimed nearly 5,000 lives.

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Wednesday, it was planning to send “1,000 medical workers and public health experts” to Ebola-afflicted countries.

China, Africa’s biggest trade partner, has come under fierce criticism for not doing enough in the fight against the worst outbreak of Ebola on record.

While Beijing has already sent a total of 252 people to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three hardest-hit countries, Cuba has sent 165 doctors and nurses to help efforts in Sierra Leone and plans to send 296 others soon to Liberia and Guinea.

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